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Mary Frank


Today I meandered all around looking at sites and came across DC Moore Gallery and discovered Mary Frank.  Her work took my breath away.  She does a drapping with clay that is so sensitive.

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Born in London, England, in 1933 Mary Frank moved to the United States with her family in 1940. In the early 1950s she studied with Hans Hoffman and Max Beckmann. Frank works across disciplines as a sculptor, painter, photographer and gifted ceramic artist. Without allegiance to any particular way of working

Mary has said of clay, “It is an astounding medium… so alive and dead, both…It doesn’t breathe on its own, but you can breathe into it and change it.” Mary breathes emotion and insight into all of her work,


How wonderful to have a work speak to you so that you want to whisper back…I get it.

Frank has said of the faces of her women that they exist in a state of grace conveyed by the Yiddish saying, “Out of longing, and out of song, time was created. And there is always just enough time for one more day.” She continues, “I want to make that state of grace palpable.”

Spend the time searching her..the read will inspire you. “Mary Frank’s figure sculptures have been described as sensual, sublime, erotic, metaphorical, poetic and profoundly moving. Frank herself has said, “All myths deal with transformations.” It is this view which marks Mary Frank as unique among contemporary artists. At a time when figurative work has not been an artistic imperative, Frank imparts a sense of the timeless and elemental to her work, placing her among the foremost figurative artists of our time. ” Jewish Womens Archive

I also love her paintings. see more


Frank’s “Abide” was painted with oil on canvas


“There’s something about her, and the only word I can think of is magic,” read more


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